Instructors

Meet Your Professor(s)

Elizabeth Crandon, PHR, SHRM-CP

Elizabeth Crandon, PHR, SHRM-CP

Professor, Management and Human Resource Management
Ankeny Campus
Office 9-15A
515.964.6323

Education:

M.A., Human Resource Management, Briar Cliff University
B.S., Management, College of Business, Iowa State University
A.A., Des Moines Area Community College

Experience:

Elizabeth spent twelve years as a Human Resources professional in manufacturing and healthcare with experience in benefits, compensation, HRIS development, performance management, recruiting/retention, and staff development. Prior to entering the HR field, Elizabeth worked in the retail setting during high school and college. Elizabeth holds both PHR and SHRM-CP certifications. 

Personal Philosophy:

Education is the one thing we often take for granted in our formative years. It is the opportunity for us to be exposed to the world outside where we live, the opportunity to research, read, explore everything around us, and discover what it is in this huge world we want to specialize in. Take advantage of the opportunities to find what you love. Doors open, doors close, but we are always put in the place where we are meant to be when we are meant to be there. Look for the signs, they are staring you in the face.

Favorites:

Quote - “Remember where you came from, appreciate where you are, focus on where you’re going” –Nicholas Nicastro
Movies -  “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”
Book – The children’s books “Yertle the Turtle” and  “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”
Hobbies – Being team mom for her kids’ activities, visiting Iowa wineries, and shopping.

Neil Kokemuller

Neil Kokemuller

Professor, Marketing
Ankeny Campus
Office 9-15A
515.964.6219

Education:

MBA, Iowa State University
BA, Business Administration, University of Dubuque

Work Experience:

Prior to teaching, Neil worked for several years in marketing and retail management roles. He worked for a St. Louis-based startup technology company and his retail management experience includes time leading both small businesses and large retail chain stores.

Personal Philosophy:

To succeed at anything in the long run, you have to show up ready to perform even on the days you don't feel like it.

Favorites:

Quote - “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” UCLA basketball Coach John Wooden
Book - As a kid, Neil also enjoyed a series of  sports books from author Matthew Christopher.
Movie - The Natural, a 1984 baseball flick starring Robert Redford as protagonist Roy Hobbs.
Hobbies - Playing and watching sports, and most importantly spending time with his family.